|Rock And Roll Will Never Die, Kevin Fennell
Windsor Music BMI, 2010
Kevin Fennell, the man is a wizzard on just about everything that has strings on it, and he's quite familiar with playing many different music styles, ranging from blues and jazz, through rockabilly and rock 'n' roll, to rock and hardrock. Therefor a new CD by Kevin is always a surprise, although the title of this new platter does give it away a bit...
Kevin wrote to me, "Here is my new one. I has good ol' rock and roll, blues, soul, rockabilly and more. I'll leave you to decide which is which". Well, I'm not falling for that, trying to put Kevin's music in a "box" is close to impossible. As I wrote before, let's just call it "Fennell Music".
A lot of selfpenned songs as usual, and a few covers, among which Johnny Cash' "Get Rhythm" and Jerry Butler's "Hey Western Union Man", but the album hits off with some really fast rock and roll, yes the title song "Rock And Roll Will Never Die". Did I say really really fast?
"Soul Fried Boogie" is precisely what the title implies, only louder! I'm glad to be able to catch my breath on "Ride The Highway" , which doesn't fit in any box as usual :--) and when the humming of Kev's amp dies away, the music goes on into "Mardi Gras In New Orleans" ... spooky!
"Hubbub Baby" is an interesting track with weird vocals, a good dose of humor and great guitar picking. "Down In The Track" is a song I remember by The Doobie Brothers, not sure if that was the original though. One of the guitars sounds like a dobro, this is a guitar-only song, very nice track.
"Runaway Mustang" is back to rockabilly. By the sound of it, this is about a Mustang horse, not the car, or is it? LOL. "Fly Eagle Fly" takes up seven and a half minutes of playing time, which is quite long (maybe too long), even if it's a slower tempo...
The closer is the afore mentioned "Get Rhythm", turned into an uptempo instrumental, yes Kevin needs some space now and then to show off his skills. Well done Kev !!
The musicians are all the usual suspects, including Ray Campi playing upright bass on tracks 1, 6 and 10. A great gang, and you can tell they're always having great fun!!
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Reviewed by The BlackCat, 2010